The Importance of Nonverbal Communication

I always discuss authenticity and how not to “sell a bill of goods” to someone that you’re dating by being someone you’re not, or pretending to like something when you don’t.

I recently spoke to a guy from Park City, Utah who is in his early thirties. He talked about how he used to meet up with his friends at the 7-11 to hang out when he was in his late teens and early twenties (before cell phones were mainstream) and he said he missed the times when you could actually talk to people face to face.

With the proliferation of smartphones, we tend to forget that 93% of all communication is nonverbal. Now back in MY day, there were no mobile phones at all, (or Facebook or Twitter or texting) and we learned the true art of meeting someone!  Texting has it’s place, particularly after you are already in a relationship, but let’s face it, nothing feels better then a real, live connection.

My goal is to bring this concept back! My challenge to you: this week find a way to sit next to, talk to, and listen to a person that you’re friends with, dating, or married to.

I promise, it will be worth the extra effort!

— Karen